Denver temporarily prohibits drinking alcohol in parks due to coronavirus

Denver Parks and Recreation is temporarily prohibiting the possession and consumption of alcohol — “including beer, wine and champagne,” according to a press release — in city parks beginning Friday and running through July 23.

The purpose for the “temporary directive” is to support stay-at-home rules and social distancing. Other forms of alcohol — such as “spirituous liquors,” as the city calls them — are already prohibited under city rules governing parks and other public spaces.

“Denver will continue to monitor and enforce physical distancing in parks,” according to a news release announcing the temporary alcohol ban. “If you must visit a park, please visit the one closest to you. Ninety percent of Denver residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park. Find a park near you to explore at: If you need physical distancing enforcement in your local park, please call 311.

Other rules currently in place in response to COVID-19, according to Denver Parks and Rec:

  • If you are sick, you are supposed to stay home
  • Maintain a minimum of six feet in social distancing
  • Do not travel or gather in large groups
  • Group sports and activities are prohibited
  • Shared use of equipment, such as footballs and Frisbees, is prohibited
  • Bring your own hand sanitizer or other hand-washing supplies
  • Leash your dog to prevent cross-contamination with others
  • Park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

With recreation centers closed, Denver Parks and Rec is offering online workouts and activities, including fitness classes, games and art projects via its Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages along with interactive Zoom classes. The full schedule is available online and on the Denver Parks and Recreation app.

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